With new challenges it is encouraging that the Lord has been preparing me for them. Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. Psalm 144v1 We might not welcome the challenge ahead, but without it, the skills he has developed in us will … Continue reading Facing Challenges
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How do we interpret events? When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, “These men are gods in human form!” Acts 14:11-12 Core beliefs overrode reality. Paul had preached Christ, but since he did a miracle he must be a god. Paul and Barnabas ran out among the people, … Continue reading Reality Check
There are people who seem to spread a spiritual death wherever they go and whatever their intentions. These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way. They spit venom like deadly snakes; they are like cobras that refuse to listen, Psalm 58:3-4 These people are likened to … Continue reading Response to wickedness
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To whom can we show Jesus’ kindness? Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees … complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! Luke 15:1-2 Our society seems caught in a trap of polarised views. Each side has its legalistic lines … Continue reading Whom do we receive?
We live in an age that idolises enjoyment and rejects passages like, “I want to know Christ … and the fellowship of sharing in his suffering.” Philippians 3:10-11 Yes, Jesus did it for us, but he is the forerunner of our faith. But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him … Continue reading Experiencing the cross
These Covid months ask much of us, it is tough interacting online and being held from our loved ones. How does Jesus look at those who ask for strength? Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. Isaiah 42:1 Jesus looks with pleasure on us who feel so … Continue reading Feeling useless?
We think of shame as something bad that Jesus would never have experienced, yet, … For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 You don’t scorn something you don’t experience. Jesus was nailed naked to a … Continue reading Overcome shame
Contentment frees us for Jesus, yet our culture drives us from it. Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Luke 6:20 The poor, aware of need have opportunity to depend on the Lord, whereas those focused on their desires turn to them – money, relationships, gifting, … for support. … Continue reading Where do your desires lead?